APAN: All Partner Area Networks
DRT: Disaster Response Team
DSS: Disaster Shield System
EMOPS: Emergency Operations at the Pacific Disaster Center (password required)
HFN: Hastily Formed Networks program
ICT: Information and Communications Technology
IHS: Infinitum Humanitarian Systems
NPS: US Naval Postgraduate School
PACOM: US Pacific Command
PDC: Pacific Disaster Center
RTAT: Rapid Telecommunications
SME: Subject Matter Expert
WDC: Water Disaster Center
In mid-November 2013, roughly ten days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Central Philippines, The Roddenberry Foundation funded the deployment of a Disaster Response Team (DRT) for a 10 day targeted mission to identify gaps in addressing the needs of victims and to provide guidance in the use of new technologies and processes for disaster relief. In addition, the team was tasked with establishing a place for such new capabilities in the design of future response plans.
The success of the mission prompted The Roddenberry Foundation to support a one year pilot project in 2014, creating the Roddenberry Disaster Response Team to provide a set of two integrated services. That pilot was effective and the team has been extended by the Foundation indefinitely.
Our charter is limited to these two tasks:
• Water Distribution: Water sourced from within the disaster zone and purified on site to provide clean water for drinking, cooking and medical care.
• Rapid Telecommunications Damage Assessment: The deployment of teams trained in the evaluation and reporting of damage to communications infrastructure of all kinds.
The Foundation's implementing partner, Seattle-based Infinitum Humanitarian Systems (IHS), has extensive experience working in war-torn, post-conflict areas and low-resource communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. IHS, will work closely with InSTEDD, a TED Prize NGO that develops open source technology tools to serve vulnerable populations.
This handbook is a living document. The content is dynamic and references will be updated and added as needed.
--Eric Rasmussen MD, MDM, FACP